Lil Uzi Vert, Jazmine Sullivan, Grace Jones, and more announced for Something In The Water 2023
The full lineup has been released for the three-day festival, taking place April 28-30 in Virginia Beach.
Something In The Water, Pharrell‘s annual music and culture festival, is returning to Virginia Beach this spring with the three-day event’s full lineup arriving today (March 15). Headlining the April 28-30 event will be a performance from Pharrell’s Phriends, a medley spanning Pharrell’s career with special guests. Three-day passes are currently on sale, and the entire show will be livestreamed on Pharrell’s YouTube channel.
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From left: Lil Uzi Vert, photo by Paras Griffin via Getty Images; Brent Faiyaz, phot by Darren Xu via publicist; and Jazmine Sullivan, photo by Matt Winkelmeyer via Getty Images.
The organizers of Broccoli City have announced the festival’s 2023 lineup, with Lil Uzi Vert, Jazmine Sullivan, and Brent Faiyaz set to headline. The event will take place on July 15 and 16 this year at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds in Washington, DC.
A month on from dropping the synth-drenched, dance-focused audio, Lil Uzi Vert has shared a video for latest single “Just Wanna Rock.” The video shows Uzi travel directly from an intergalactic vehicle to a busy dancefloor before being mobbed by thousands of people on the street outside (perhaps they all want to know where he got that cool Sade T-shirt from). Check it out above.
“Just Wanna Rock” follows the release of Uzi’s RED & WHITE EP earlier this summer. The release date of their long awaited fifth studio LP, The Pink Tape, has not yet been confirmed, though Uzi has been teasing the project since late 2020. In August, Steve Lacy revealed that he, Uzi, and Kanye West all have matching tattoos.
Nearly three months after the release of his July EP RED & WHITE, Lil Uzi Vert is back with a new solo single. “Just Wanna Rock” is a change of pace for Uzi, who trades the flamboyant trap instrumentals they usually favor for a thumping drill beat and follows suit vocally, rapping in a lower register than usual. As a whole, the song is uncharacteristically brief and bare bones, featuring only one quick verse and a hook delivered just above a whisper.
Since the RED & WHITE EP’s July release, Uzi has toured extensively, performing at Rolling Loud Miami, Toronto, and New York as well as at Jay-Z’s Made in America Festival in Philadelphia. The release date of their long awaited fifth studio LP, The Pink Tape, has not yet been confirmed, though Uzi has been teasing the project since late 2020. In August, Steve Lacy revealed that he, Uzi, and Kanye West all have matching tattoos.
Steve Lacy‘s having a bit of a moment right now. The singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Internet saw his new album Gemini Rights debut at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart thanks to the strength of its single “Bad Habit,” a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. He also appears to be making some pretty significant connections judging by his new Instagram post, which depicts Lacy with Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert showing off their matching tattoos.
The new tattoos are placed on the left arm and read “We here forever technically.” Los Angeles-based tattoo artist Meza Afram appears in the photo as well. See it below.
Does it signal an upcoming collaboration of some kind? Maybe, but judging from Lacy’s other Instagram post shared just hours before, it’s more likely that he and Uzi were enlisted by West for a campaign for Yeezy Gap, West’s clothing line collaboration with the fast fashion line. Still, some music may be in the cards: West praisedGemini Rights and called Lacy “one of the most inspiring people on the planet” in an Instagram comment on a post announcing the album’s release.
Steve Lacy will soon embark on his tour “Give You The World,” though many dates are sold out with scalpers hawking tickets for hundreds of dollars.
Lil Uzi Vert fans are eating this week. In the lead-up to the release of his Red & White EP, the rapper has shared full versions of songs that have long circulated in the snippet universe. “Space Cadet” and “I Know” have both been shared in the past seven days, with another track called “Flex Up” arriving on Wednesday. Notably, it’s produced by Maaly Raw, who was responsible for Uzi classics like “Money Longer” and “Do What I Want” before the two artists had a falling out.
It would perhaps be misleading to call the song “new.” According to Genius, Lil Uzi previewed the song on Instagram five years ago. If you’re a longtime fan of Uzi, you can place the song in the Perfect LUV Tape era just from Uzi’s squeakier cadence and the song’s blissful vibe (the lead melody sounds like something from Selected Ambient Works). It can get a little bit grating when Lil Uzi fans demand “the old Uzi,” but songs like this only compliment the musician that Uzi’s become today. Listen below.
Lil Uzi Vert. Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images
If you’re a Lil Uzi Vert fan, part of the deal is that you may hear snippets of songs you love instantly, only to never hear the full version. Instead, the brief clips get swapped around, remastered, and poured over by Uzi stans until, if they’re lucky, the full song drops. Uzi relented a bit in 2020 when they issued the deluxe edition of Eternal Atake called LUV Is Rage 2, which featured 14 new tracks including some that fans had longed for.
Today, Uzi has shared “I Know,” a new song produced by Sonny Digital that’s been floating around in snippet form for years. There’s a fair amount of reflection here from Uzi, who ends each bar with “I know” as they outline the pros and cons of being a legend in the making. It’s another addictive song from an artist who knows just how to create them while still surprising us. Listen below.
Lil Uzi Vert. Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET
Lil Uzi Vert‘s had a busy weekend. On Saturday the rapper shared a new single called “Space Cadet,” available exclusively to SoundCloud as of Monday afternoon. It’s the first song from the Red & White EP, the prelude to the long-promised project P!nk Tape.
Uzi’s been open for a while now about their efforts to tap back into the spirit of their career-making project LUV Is Rage, and “Space Cadet” is another valiant, convincing attempt without feeling too much like a throwback. Uzi’s ear for beats is still as strong as ever, with Brandon Finessin, Bally, and ShaunGoBrazy turning in a psychedelic, swirling monster. Sonically, it feels like the logical next step after Eternal Atake, and the progress is exciting.
Even after dropping a new song, Uzi wasn’t done making news: on Sunday, Uzi changed the pronouns on their Instagram profile to “they/them.” They haven’t expanded on that decision just yet, but it’s already yielded at least one classic post from the Twitterverse:
Pusha T has released his long-awaited new album It’s Almost Dry. The project features the singles “Diet Coke,” “Hear Me Clearly,” and Jay-Z collaboration “Neck & Wrist.” and is produced entirely by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. Guests on the album include Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Don Toliver, Labrinth, and No Malice of Clipse. You can stream It’s Almost Dry below and see the full production credits, too.
Speaking about the album in a recent sit-down interview with Charlamagne, Pusha T said he thinks this new album is the strongest of his career to date. “I feel like I had the best of both worlds in regard to production and in regard to people, two people [the album’s co-producers, Kanye and Pharrell], that actually understand who I am and they like two different things from me,” he said. Pusha also credited his time spent in lockdown during the pandemic to giving him “the time” he needed with Kanye West and Pharrell to create the album he regards as his “most well-rounded” body of work.
On Thursday night as It’s Almost Dry hit streaming services Pusha T performed “Dreamin of the Past” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Producer: Pharrell Composer: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra Assistant Recording Engineer: Morgan David Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Recording Engineer: Mike Larson Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
“Let the Smokers Shine the Coupes”
Producer: Pharrell Composer: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra Associated Performer: Bálint Sapszon Assistant Recording Engineer: Morgan David Choir: Budapest Scoring Choir Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Programmer: Mike Larson, Ojivolta, Shelly Berg Recording Engineer: Mike Larson Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
“Dreamin of the Past” featuring Kanye West
Producer: Kanye West Composer: John Lennon, Kanye West, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: John Lennon, Kanye West, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra Assistant Recording Engineer: Noah Hashimoto Featured Artist: Kanye West Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Recording Engineer: Andrew Coleman, Nathaniel Alford, Robert Ulsh Studio Personnel: Andrew Coleman, Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Nathaniel Alford, Noah Hashimoto, Robert Ulsh, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
“Neck & Wrist” featuring Jay-Z and Pharrell Williams
Producer: Pharrell Composer: Pharrell, Shawn Carter, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: Pharrell, Shawn Carter, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra Assistant Recording Engineer: Morgan David Featured Artist: Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Programming: Mike Larson Recording Engineer: Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, Mike Larson Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
“Just So You Remember”
Producer: BoogzDaBeast, FNZ, Ye Composer: Brian Farrell, Isaac DeBoni, Jahmal Gwin, Kanye West, Michael Mule, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: Brian Farrell, Isaac DeBoni, Jahmal Gwin, Kanye West, Michael Mule, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Recording Engineer: Mike Larson, Nathaniel Alford Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroqin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Nathaniel Alford, Trey Station, Zach Peyreyra
Producer: 88-Keys, Kanye West Composer: Charles Njapa, Jerry Butler, Joseph Cartagena, Kanye West, Marvin Yancy, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: Charles Njapa, Jerry Butler, Joseph Cartagena, Kanye West, Marvin Yancy, Terrence Thornton Additional Vocals; Fat Joe Assistant Mixer: Sean Solymar Associated Performer: Fat Joe Mastering Engineer: Mike Dean Mixer: Mike Dean Programmer: 88-Keys Recording Engineer: Robert Ulsh Studio Personnel: Mike Dean, Robert Ulsh, Sean Solymar
“Rock N Roll” featuring Kid Cudi and Kanye West
Producer: Kanye West, Pharrell Composer: Kanye West, Pharrell, Scott Mescudi, Terrence Thornton Lyricist: Kanye West, Pharrell, Scott Mescudi, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Sean Solymar, Tommy rush Featured Artist: Kanye West, Kid Cudi Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Mike Dean Recording Engineer: Andrés Osorio, Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh, William J. Sullivan Studio Personnel: Andrés Osorio, Michelle Mancini, Mike Dean, Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh, Sean Solymar, Tommy Rush
“Call My Bluff”
Producer: Pharrell Composer/Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton Additional Vocals: Christina Nicholas Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra Associated Performer: Christina Nicholas Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Programmer: Mike Larson Recording Engineer: Mike Larson Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
“Scrape It Off the Top” featuring Lil Uzi Vert and Don Toliver
Producer: Pharrell Composer/Lyricist: Caleb Toliver, Pharrell, Symere Woods, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra Asst: Recording Engineer: Ben Sedano, Josh Haddad, Mikalai Skrobat, Morgan David Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Programmer: Mike Larson Recording Engineer: Benjamin Thomas, Derek “206derek” Anderson, Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Ben Sedano, Benjamin Thomas, Derek “206derek” Anderson, Josh Haddad, Manny Marroquin, Mikalai Skrobat, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Robert Ulsh, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
“Hear Me Clearly” (with Nigo)
Producer: BoogzDaBeast, Luca Starz, ThaMyind, Ye Composer/Lyricist: Jahmal Gwin, John Stephens, Johnny Mollings, Kanye West, Lawrence Berment, Leigh Elliott, Leonard Mollings, Luca Starz, Rennard East, Shawn Carter, Terrence THornton, William Roberts Additional Producer: ThaMyind Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra Associated Performer: BoogzDaBeast, Luca Starz, Nigo, Pusha T, ThaMyind, Ye Asst. Recording Engineer: Maximilian “Vandal” Deak, Morgan David, Nick Valentine Co-Producer: Luca Starz Immersive Mix Engineer: Fabian Marasciullo Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Music Production: Nigo Programming: BoogzDaBeast, Luca Starz, ThaMyind, Ye Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Maximilian “Vandal” Deak, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Nick Valentine, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
Producer: Pharrell Composer/Lyricist: Pharrell, Terrence Thornton Assistant Mixer: Anthony Vilchis, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Manny Marroquin Recording Engineer: Mike Larson Studio Personnel: Anthony Vilchis, Manny Marroquin, Michelle Mancini, Mike Larson, Trey Station, Zach Pereyra
“I Pray for You” featuring Labrinth, Malice and Clipse
Producer: Labrinth, Ye Composer/Lyricist: Gene Elliott Thornton Jr, Kanye West, Terrence Thornton, Timothy Lee McKenzie Assistant Mixer: Sean Solymar, Tommy Rush Asst. Recording Engineer: Morgan David Mastering Engineer: Michelle Mancini Mixer: Mike Dean Recording Engineer: Mike Larson, Robert Ulsh Studio Personnel: Michelle Mancini, Mike Dean, Mike Larson, Morgan David, Robert Ulsh, Sean Solymar, Tommy Rush (edited)
Back in February Portland rapper Yeat dropped his major label 2 Alivë. The album soon blew up with the viral singles “Poppin,” “Sorry Bout That,” and “Gët Busy” sending 2 Alivë into the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. Today Yeat returns with a deluxe edition of the album dubbed 2 Alivë (Geëk Pack). In short that means nine new songs, including two collaborations with Lil Uzi Vert and one featuring U.K. artist Lancey Foux. That pushes the tracklist to a huge 29 songs. Get geëky and hit play below.
Later this month Yeat will head out on tour. The 2 Alivë Tour runs for 14 dates starting in Detroit on April 8. Septembersrich, the LA rapper who featured on the 2 Alivë track “Luh m,” will open for Yeat on select dates.
Lil Uzi Vert and Nigo have shared a video for “Heavy,” their collaboration from the Bape founder’s guest-filled new album I Know Nigo. In the video, Uzi and Nigo show off their jewelry collections and get fitted for chains. A$AP Rocky and Steven Victor pop in for cameos, too. Check it out below.
“Heavy” is the latest song from I Know Nigo to receive a video. Last Thursday, Tyler, the Creator shared a self-directed video for “Come On, Let’s Go.” In January, Nigo shared a video for A$AP Rocky’s “Arya,” the first single to be released from the album. Three other singles were shared ahead of the album’s release: Kid Cudi‘s “Want It Bad,” Pusha T‘s “Hear Me Clearly,” and “Morë Tonight” with Teriyaki Boyz. I Know Nigo is Nigo’s first album in nearly two decades.
Nigo founded A Bathing Ape in 1993, launched Human Made in 2010, and collaborated with Uniqlo and Louis Vuitton after selling Bape to a Hong Kong conglomerate in 2011. The Japanese multi-hyphenate has always been a designer first, but he had a strong run of albums in the first decade of the new millennium, both on his own and with his Yokohama-based rap group, Teriyaki Boyz. I know Nigo, his first solo album since 2005’s Nigo Presents: Return of the Ape Sounds, is due March 25 via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic Records.
Mura Masa has dropped new song “bbycakes” with Lil Uzi Vert, PinkPantheress and Shygirl. The all-star link-up is the first taste of the U.K. producer’s upcoming third album and samples “Babycakes,” a 2004 hit for U.K. garage trio 3 Of A Kind. Check it out below.
R.Y.C, Mura Masa’s second album, was released in January 2020 and featured vocals from an array of artists including Slowthai, Clairo, and Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell. In November he returned with “2gether” and subsequently picked up a Grammy nomination for his work on PVA’s “Talks.” He previously worked with PinkPantheress on her hit “Just For Me” while he and Shygirl remixed Lady Gaga’s “Sour Candy” in 2021.
Lil Uzi Vert has been sentenced to three years probation after pleading no contest to one count of felony assault with a firearm and one count of misdemeanor injury to a girlfriend, TMZ reports. The charges date back to an incident in 2021 when Brittany Byrd filed a police report after an altercation involving herself, Uzi, and fellow artist SAINt JHN.
According to TMZ, Uzi will serve three years of formal probation, one year of treatment for mental health and substance abuse, and 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. He must also pay restitution and comply with a 10-year criminal protective order. It is reported that the rapper reached the plea deal after originally being charged with three felonies: assault with a firearm, criminal threats, and domestic violence, as well as a further misdemeanor charge of carrying a loaded firearm.
Byrd, a former partner of the rapper, said in her original police report that Uzi “put a gun to her stomach and then struck her” during an incident at West Hollywood’s Dialog Cafe in July 2021. She was dining with SAINt JHN when Uzi arrived and attempted to start an altercation with JHN; when Uzi flashed the handle of his gun, bystanders began to flee the scene. According to TMZ’s original account, Uzi was then approached by Byrd; the rapper responded by punching her and pointing his gun at her.
It’s Lil Uzi Vert (Yeah)
It’s Lil Uzi Vert
I remember she ain’t want me back, back (Back, back), yeah
Now I stuff that money, Goyard backpack (Backpack), yeah
Everything I do about the rack, racks (Ay, ay, yeah), yeah, yeah, let’s go
Uh, (Lil Uzi), yeah, niggas know that I’m the one and only (Only), yeah
I can tell these other niggas phony (Phony), yeah
I can tell they all just wanna clone me (Clone me), yeah
Fucked this bitch one time, she wanna bone me (Bone me), let’s go
I said “Shh, she too loud when she moaning” (She moaning)
She say my name three times like I’m Tony (I’m Tony), yeah
Baby, I can show you the one and only, yeah (Yeah)
Baby, I can make you feel like the only, yeah (Yeah)
Baby, I can make you feel like the only, yeah (Yeah)
Baby, you can be my one and only, yeah
I can tell your other’s ones is phony, yeah (Yeah)
Fuckin’ every nigga, hit before me, yeah, yeah (Yeah)
I’m like finding Nemo, I need Dory (Whoa)
I’m so high right now lil’ bitch I’m soaring (Yeah)
Yeah, niggas know I’m the one and only (Let’s go)
I can tell these other niggas phony
I can tell they all just wanna clone me
Fucked this bitch one time, she wanna bone me (Bone me)
I said “Shh, she too loud when she moaning” (She moaning)
She say my name three times like I’m Tony (I’m Tony), yeah
Baby, I can show you the one and only, yeah (Yeah)
Baby, I can make you feel like the only, yeah (Yeah)
Baby, I can make you feel like the only, yeah (Yeah)
Baby, you can be my one and only, yeah (Uh-huh)
They stole the flow (Flow)
I touched the dough (Dough)
Brought out the stove (Stove)
I don’t play like no regular nigga, can’t do no degular (Nah)
Yeah, niggas know that I’m the one and only (Only), yeah
I can tell these other niggas phone, yeah
I can tell they all just wanna clone me, yeah
Fucked this bitch one time, she wanna bone me, let’s go
I said “Shh, she too loud when she moaning”
She say my name three times like I’m Tony, yeah
Baby, I can show you the one and only, yeah
Baby, I can make you feel like the only
Meek Mill says he needs a reggae song badly and fans are pointing him to Popcaan and Shenseea, two of the leading Jamaican artists right now.
Meek Mill‘s most recent album, Championships, was released in 2018, but the artiste could not be described as slacking off in his music career. Since Championships‘ release, he’s collaborated with a slew of other artistes, including Drake, Ella Mai, and, most recently, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, and Lil Uzi Vert.
Currently, he has two new tracks out: Sharing Locations featuring Lil Baby and Lil Durk and Blue Notes2 with Lil Uzi Vert, which dropped on September 1st.
After a three-year wait, fans are eager to discover what he’s been working on behind the scenes for his new album. Fans were granted their wish over the weekend when Meek conducted a Q&A session where he tweeted out, “Album done so soon!” much to their excitement and relief.
However, it seems it may not be as soon as fans may think. On August 30th, AStyle Alive queried the possibility of Meek doing a reggae-style song.
“@meekmill wassup with Meek on a reggae vibe type a track?? #TapIn,” he tweeted.
To the surprise of fans, Mill responded, “I want a reggae song badddddddddd as s*it on my album … one I can rap on.”
Without missing a beat, producer, AStyle Alive addressed Meek’s earlier tweet stating, “I got that Dancehall beat locked and ready to send. Tell #NickPapz I want him in on the greatness too. His beats are raw. #ForTheCulture #IShareTheWealth @MeekMill.”
Since then, he has continued to hype his fans up, requesting that they send tweets to Meek in an effort to get the production of the dancehall track started.
Despite Meek Mill noting that he is passionate about including a reggae vibed track on his album, which may delay the upcoming release, fans are excited to see what this Dancehall-infused rap track will look like for him. They are also curious to see which big names he will collaborate with on this track, as fans already have their eyes on two possible Jamaican performers, Shenseea and Popcaan.
Last year, Meek was spotted in the studio with Shenseea, and whatever they were cooking up may hopefully be seen on her upcoming album. The rapper also visited Jamaica last year March and linked up with the Unruly Boss. It seems these events might have had a hand in his desire to get some Caribbean flavor on his album.
Nevertheless, the rapper will have to bring his A-game to stand out amongst the recent album releases by some of music’s top heavyweights. From Kanye West’s, DONDA, to soon-to-be-released Certified Lover Boy by Drake, Meek’s diehard supporters are still highly anticipating his impending album.
Thus the pressures are high for his upcoming album, so it is no surprise to fans that he is being as meticulous as possible. Fortunately, they can expect his album release in short order.
One of the best surprises on Isaiah Rashad‘s very good album The House Is Burning was the Lil Uzi Vert feature on “From The Garden.” Hearing Uzi go in over a beat constructed around a classic soul sample was a treat, and Rashad had no problem shifting from lyrically dense to hooky and back again. The music video is also well worth your time, as is usually the case with visuals from Rashad’s label Top Dawg Records. Think of the most chaotic club district you’ve ever walked through on a Friday night, multiply it by ten, and imagine you’re trapped there for an eternity, and you get the vibe. Watch it above, and read Rashad’s FADER cover story here.
Meek Mill has gotten on gossip-rap’s wrong side over the past year thanks to his unfortunate Clubhouse argument with DJ Akademiks and rumors of a feud with Rick Ross, the head of his label Maybach Music Group. As fickle as the internet can be, Meek has the kind of talent that can cut through almost any attempt to let the memes overshadow the music.
“War Stories,” a new freestyle, follows this year’s “Flamerz Flow,” and 2020’s Quarantine Pack EP. Whatever problems with writer’s block the rapper was once struggling with aren’t apparent — “War Crimes” is classic Meek with its emphatic and painful tales of the streets peppered with witty punch lines. The song’s video shows Meek enjoying a fancy meal in between shots racing on quads, recording in the studio, and hanging out with Bobby Shmurda and Lil Uzi Vert. Watch it above via HotNewHipHop.
This Friday, Isaiah Rashad will make his comeback with The House is Burning, his second full-length project and first new album since 2016’s The Sun’s Tirade. Earlier this week we got the album’s tracklist, and its many impressive features (Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, 6LACK, and many more) included Rashad’s labelmate ScHoolboy Q on the song “Runnin’.” That song, co-produced by Kenny Beats and Mount Kimbie, is out today along with a music video, streaming above. The clip features a wealth of behind-the-scenes studio footage and clips of Rashad turning up concerts — that aesthetic decision may have something to do with the fact that Rashad announced a big tour of the United States yesterday. The rollout continues! Check it out above, and revisit our Isaiah Rashad FADER cover story.
Isaiah Rashad. Photo by Erica Hernandez for The FADER.
It’s only been two months since Isaiah Rashad announced his comeback full-length The House Is Burning with his FADER cover story. The T.D.E. rapper’s highly anticipated second project is out this Friday, August 30, and today Rashad shared its tracklist. The House Is Burning will be 16 tracks long, and contains features from Lil Uzi Vert, SZA, 6LACK, Jay Rock, Smino, and more. Check it out below:
Brooklyn artist SAINt JHN shared his latest single on Friday, the SZA-assisted “Just For Me.” The track is set to appear on the official soundtrack for the upcoming Space Jam sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy. The downtempo track finds both artists yearning for a distant love and choosing their favorite vices instead.
The film’s soundtrack is set to drop on July 9th, a week ahead of the film itself. While a full tracklist has not yet been revealed, the album will reportedly feature songs by Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Baby, and more.
Atlanta rapper Young Nudy has shared his latest project. DR. EV4L features lead single “2Face” (including guest star G Herbo) plus appearances from Lil Uzi Vert, on “Yellow Tape,” and Nudy’s cousin 21 Savage on “Child’s Play.” Stream the whole album below.
In addition to the album, Young Nudy is also launching an NFT collection featuring minted items such as DR. EV4L artwork, VIP tickets, signed polaroid photos. All NFTs will be available from Tuesday, May 18, at 12PM ET until June 1 via YoungNudy.com.
DR. EV4L serves as the official follow-up to Nudy’s 2020 debut album Anyways and and 2019’s collaborative album with Pi’erre Bourne, Sli’merre. Most recently, Nudy nabbed a Best Rap Performance Grammy nomination for his feature on Dreamville’s “Down Bad.”
After years of waiting, Lil Uzi Vert released his album Eternal Atake last year to critical and commercial success. However, Uzi himself doesn’t have the warmest feelings towards the project: in a new interview with W Magazine, Lil Uzi Vert said the album was “dumbed down,” adding that the project “didn’t reach its full potential.”
Vert said that music leaks forced him to go back to the drawing board several times. “All of my music for Eternal Atake got leaked, so I had to redo it,” he said. “It didn’t reach its full potential — I just knew it wasn’t the sound I was going for. Let’s just say Eternal Atake, for another artist, would have been really good, because it was super dumbed down to where everyone could enjoy it, but that’s not my artistry.”
As Genius points out, Uzi previously revealed his feelings towards Eternal Atake in a February conversation with Fat Joe on Instagram Live. “The music is tolerable,” Uzi said. “But honestly, from Lil Uzi Vert, we expect a fucking star, moon, spaceships, and the high above. We expect everything from him because I’m already giving off this persona. I have a fucking pink diamond in the middle of my head, Joe. Everything is supposed to be going fucking diamond.”
Of his new music, Uzi says: “I want my new music to be more intimate to my real fans. I wanted it to be almost cultlike.” If this sounds familiar, Uzi’s Eternal Atake campaign contained a cult aesthetic, including a logo inspired by the Heaven’s Gate cult, which the surviving members threatened legal action over.
Young Thug and Unfoonk shared their new single “Real” on Wednesday, the latest from his Young Stoner Life compilation album, Slime Language 2. On it, the pair trade bars about family, trust, and loyalty over booming production. The track serves as the follow-up to previous singles “Ski,” and “Take It To Trial.”
The NEVERPANIC-directed clip sees both artists living through the journey that brought them together. From Unfoonk’s humble beginnings and life after being released from jail, watching as Thug spits his verse on the morning news, to working alongside Thug as an artist signed to his label.
Lil Uzi Vert announced that he’s taking a break from Twitter after gifting JT his first chain.
Lil Uzi Vert is in love, and he wants to show that love off. That definitely seems to be the message he sent recently when he bought girlfriend JT a diamond-encrusted chain earlier this week. She was also very proud of the gesture as she showed it off on her Instagram Story last night, April 14.
The impressive and glitzy piece of jewelry has a pendant with the cover art commemorating the rapper’s 2016 Lil Uzi Vert vs. The World project. The back of the pendant also includes a simple message from the Philidelphia native: “To: JT, Uzi’s first piece.”
JT was obviously impressed and took to Instagram to say, “This mean so much to me. Thank you, baby!” The Shade Room caught the moment and shared it on their Instagram page.
At first, the couple didn’t really share any details of their relationship, but it seems as they get closer, they want the world to know of their love. They’ve now been spotted together in public on multiple occasions. Some believe she’s even responsible for his new approach to music.
He began opening up about their love towards the end of March when he Tweeted: “I love JT so much that I will do anything for her she is the best feeling I ever had in my life thank you thank you thank you.”
I love JT so much that I will do anything for her she is the best feeling I ever had in my life thank you thank you thank you
JT also seems to be enjoying their whirlwind romance, and it may be affecting her relationship somewhat with the group she co-founded, the City Girls. The group seems to be at odds, and Uzi even attempted to reach out to Yung Miami on Instagram Live, to try and get them to patch things up. However, that bid didn’t work. That IG Live session seemed to make things worse as Southside, who has a kid with Yung Miami, was angry with the comments made and told Uzi not to speak to her in that tone again.
“Ay, Uzi, don’t address none to my bitch, my n-**a. You handle your bitch, n-gga, you stay on your side. You got one more time to say something. I promise you I’mma punch your teeth out your mouth. Don’t say nothing else, n-gga,” he said.
Lil Uzi Vert also told his followers on Twitter that he is going MIA. “I just wanna say thanks 2 everybody,” he tweeted on Friday before adding, “I’m out!”
JT and Lil Uzi Vert can’t stop gushing over each other.
The love affair between the City Girls rapper and Lil Uzi Vert has been confirmed, the two have not been shy about displaying their affection for each other for the world to see. When he is not sending her crab legs or other tokens; He is gifting her expensive brand name items. His latest gift to his boo is a new Louis Vuitton bag.
As is the usual style, they share everything with their fans, and this gift is no different. JT posted a photo of the very exquisite bag with the caption, “Thanks for spoiling me, treating me like a queen, the consistency, the things behind the scenes! You always doing your big one for me! Making it harder for the next exclusive lurkin.”
In response, Lil Uzi Vert wrote, “Your friendship and love is worth more than ALL THIS STUFF…Thank you. just thank you.”
It has only been about a month since the two confirmed they were in a relationship. For a long time, there was some speculation with neither partying giving into the hype and buzz. However, in early March, they both confirmed they were indeed together. Since then, the two have constantly been very affectionate online and have been sighted in public out and about.
The pair also seem to spend a lot of time online defending each other, and they are now surrounded by enormous bouts of drama. It can be either a comment or action that has drawn the ire of their respective fans, but both parties seem to delight in addressing just about everything. Just a few days ago, JT was online telling off fans about an attempt made to stir up trouble with Lil Uzi and her fellow city girl member Yung Miami. From all indications, both herself and Yung Miami seem to still have a pretty good relationship, and she even commented on JT’s new gift writing the fire emoji.
Justin Bieber’s latest album Justice debuted in the top spot on the Billboard 200, marking the singer’s eighth No. 1 on the chart, according to Billboard.
The album, which dropped on March 19, pulled in 154,000 equivalent album units, with 30,000 in pure sales making it the second-biggest debut of the year. The feat also makes Justin the youngest solo artist with eight No. 1 albums.
Justice boasts features from Daniel Ceaser and Giveon, who both appear on the project’s newest single “Peaches,” Chance the Rapper, Burna Boy, and more. Only a week after its release, the singer also shared a deluxe version of the album with six new songs and appearances by DaBaby, Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo, and more.
Lil Uzi Vert and JT took to social media earlier today with a rather exciting exchange which has fans puzzled as to the status of their relationship.
Both rappers always seem to be having some form of public confrontation online. The most interesting part is no one can confirm if they are even together or seem to love “shading” each other. In the latest episode between the rapper and City Girl’s artiste, Uzi is saying he gifted JT with her first Birkin. He tweeted, “Don’t act like I ain’t get you ya first Birkin.”
Fans were quick to point out that Lil Uzi Vert was referring to JT in his post. In response to fans’ inquiries, JT posted, “Why everything he say y’all think towards me is looked at as bad? Lol. How is that shade?”
She later tweeted that Uzi was not shading her, and in fact, she was even texting him. She tweeted a response saying, “I’m texting him right now! He wasn’t. STFU, stop always minding ppl business reading it with a negative mind for I make your n***a shade you.”
Since around 2019, JT and Lil Uzi Vert have been linked together romantically, but neither have confirmed this to be true. In fact, JT denied the rumors during an interview on The Breakfast Club.
We are not quite sure what’s up with these two, but we are sure it will all come out one day. In the meantime, JT refuses to allow Uzi’s tweets to throw her off, and she closed out this round declaring, “Nothing shady about having birkin pu**y!”
It’s always interesting when rappers reveal who the most influential voices were leading up to their success. Lil Uzi Vert revealed his influences while being interviewed on The Fat Joe Show on Instagram Live last Thursday night (Feb. 11). Uzi made the appearance, of course, sporting his $24 million diamond forehead piercing. During the interview, he revealed the top five artists that helped make him the rapper he is today. The first rapper he mentioned was Mike Jones.
“The first rapper that I ever learned lyric for lyric was Mike Jones. That’s the first rapper I learned everything lyric for lyric, and I wanted to be like him. I had a Boost Mobile and my mom would give me $15 and I’d get phone cards and shit and I would spend all my money calling Mike Jones’ number ’cause I wanted to talk to him,” he said.
He even remembered the Houston rapper’s phone number and shared it with fans. “I remember the number by heart. Right now, to this day: 281-330-8004. I felt that star power from him. He had that star power.”
As he moved through his list of influences, he mentioned Lil Wayne, whose style he admitted he actually tried to emulate. “I wanted to be Lil Wayne. When I was younger, girls would say I looked like Lil Wayne, so I would run with that. And I would wear the fedoras, and I would wear the tight Polo tees with the skinnies, and wear the Vans and sh*t,” he added. He also said that he ordered a fake piercing off of Amazon, which had a magnet. He wore the fake piercing below his lip every day so that he could feel more like Lil Wayne.
He also praised his aunt Remy Ma, for some of his success. “I got a gangsta aunt and my aunt definitely a little different. She one of them girls from the hood that was the DMX fan and the Remy Ma fan,” he said.
Another rapper that had a major influence on him was Kurupt, who Vert said had that “East Coast mentality but that West Coast swag. He also mentioned Young Thug, who he described as a “mythical creature.”
“This was later in my life. So, I used to listen to I Came From Nothing, I Came From Nothing 2. I used to watch on YouTube when Young Thug used to perform at the little like skating rink shits. The reason that he was such an influence to me was because he was almost like a mythical creature back then,” he said.
He continued on to say that he always knew that Young Thug would be successful. “I actually knew before the public. Not even before the public. I’m not from Atlanta, so everybody out there knew about that man before me. Atlanta and around Atlanta, Georgia or whatever. But, just where I was from, I felt like I was the first person in the fu**in’ world that was listening to him. I felt like that.”